German Historical Institute London

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Special Events 2016

18 September (10am - 2pm)

Open House

Following the success of its participation in Open House London last year, the German Historical Institute is delighted to again take part in the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. Originally constructed in the later seventeen century, 17 Bloomsbury Square, a Grade II listed building, was remodelled by John Nash c1777-8. Highlights include an Adam-style ceiling on the 1st floor and a beautiful staircase with wrought-iron balustrade. Once home to the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, it has housed the German Historical Institute since 1982. The Institute will be open on Sunday 18 September between 10am and 2pm. There will be guided tours every 15 minutes.

29 November (6:30pm)

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
Dominik Geppert: National Expectations and Transnational Infrastructure. The Media, Global News Coverage and International Relations in the Age of High Imperialism

Venue: The London School of Economics and Political Science, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building Kingsway, London WC2A 3LJ

Speaker: Professor Dominik Geppert Chair: Dr Piers Ludlow

At the turn of the 20th Century, the increase in economic, technological and cultural integration did not simply coexist with continuing political, military and ideological antagonisms. Rather, these forms of integration served to reinforce points of reference that were squarely based on national paradigms. This lecture explored how, in an increasingly complex world of interconnected media, a growing interdependence in the business of global news coverage intensified – rather than alleviated – a dynamic process of nationalisation.

Dominik Geppert is professor of Modern History at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His main areas of research are European political and cultural history of the 19th and 20th Century, especially the history of international relations, intellectual history and the interrelationship between the media, the public and politics.

The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. 

Listen to this lecture (MP3 download, 54 min, 55 MB)
Watch the video of this lecture (this link will take you to the Gerda Henkel Stiftung website)